In April 2015, the owner of the Tenjiku and Hidemaruya ramen shops opened Hakata Tonjyuurou in Fukuoka City. The shop’s name conveys the owner’s intention of going “back to the basics” to bring out the maximum potential of tonkotsu soup! Having tackled the challenges of salt ramen and shoyu ramen, he felt a burning desire after tasting the tonkotsu soup of other ramen shops. He went on to experiment with the ratio of pig’s head and marrow bone components. Finally he came up with a ramen soup that has uniquely concentrated flavour but none of the unpleasant smell! Made by boiling pork bones for 8 hours to concentrate the flavours, the thick, rich soup became the highlight of this shop! The top-quality pork bone soup with the combination of shoyu, rock salt, tororo kelp and other ingredients, create a salt-flavoured tonkotsu that’s not to be missed!
ADD: 2 Chome-7-18 Murasaki, Chikushino, Fukuoka
TEL: +81 92-921-2520
HOURS: 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM (LO 8:15 PM)
GO: 7 minutes on foot from JR Murasaki station.
A ramen shop which only operates during lunch hour, it is located in a side street a short walk from JR Kokura Station. The ramen has an oxtail soup made according to the recipe of the shop owner’s mother that she made for him when he was little. The essences of beef bone, oxtail and vegetables combine to form the main flavouring of the beef bone ramen, and the umami flavours are gently drawn out by shoyu. Spicy beef bone ramen is available for the same price. In addition, there are “Tottori beef noodles” prepared with shoyu tare. The shop offers three kinds of beef ramen and white rice.
ADD: 1F Hayashi Building, 2-4-9 Kyomachi, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
HOURS: 10:00 AM – sold out (around 3:00 PM)
GO: 3 minutes’ walk from JR Kokura station
Pork bones, free-range chicken and beef organ meats are combined to create the incredibly delicious gyuumotsu (beef organs) ramen. It’s served with thick slices of beef tripe, and the shoyu tare is seasoned with wafu dressing. The soup is rich with the essence of boiled beef, which lends a heartiness to the soup. Excess oil is carefully scooped away while the pork and chicken bones are boiling. The medium thin, straight ramen noodles are made from the wheat grown in Fukuoka prefecture.
ADD: 1 Chome-9-16 Nakatsuguchi, Kokurakita Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
HOURS: 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM/6:30 – 11:30 PM (LO)
GO: 7 minutes’ walk from Kitakyushu Monorail Tanga station
It is a ramen shop until 3pm, and after 4 it turns into a Chinese takeaway outlet offering up to 30 dishes after 4. The shop’s signature dish is the tantan-men. The amount of sesame oil in the spicy red-hot soup is carefully controlled to enhance the fragrance of Sichuan pepper! The soup is made from chicken bones cooked with vegetables, enhanced with ginger, garlic, and zha cai. Taste delicious pork ribs soaked in broth full of peppery flavor.
ADD: 1-12-25 Ishimaru, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
HOURS: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM (LO 2:30 PM), 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Take away only)
GO: 3 minutes’ walk from JR Meinohama station
Originating from Nobeoka City in Miyazaki Prefecture, the shop’s signature dish is the Noboeka Karamen (Spicy Noodles). The hot spicy soup is thick with minced meat, chives, garlic and beaten egg. Customers can choose from 7 levels of spiciness. Also, a speciality offered by the shop is a choice of shirataki konjac noodles or regular Chinese noodles. The higher the level, the thicker the soup. Level 5 and above is recommended for chili lovers.
ADD: 3-7-3 Tokuriki, Kokuraminami-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
HOURS: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM/6:00 PM – 10:00PM (LO 9:30 PM)
GO: 5 minutes’ walk from Kitakyushu Monorail Tokuriki Kodanmae station
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